Foreign Horror Friday: Marebito

Title: Marebito
Release: 2004
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Language: Japanese

Masuoka carries his camera with him no matter where he goes. He witnesses an event in the subway that sparks an interest in fear for him, He then finds a passage to an underground labyrinth inhabited by inhuman creatures.

Andrew Migliore and John Strysik say it perfectly in their book ‘Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft,’ “Marebito is a very good film that wears its influences proudly, without suffocating in their embrace. It’s neither an adaptation nor an homage, but it swells with inspiration from Lovecraft’s work. It’s unconventional, free from cliché, and redolent with sinister insinuations that never become clear. You know them only by their shadows.”

Marebito is a thought provoking, mysterious psychological film. It plays with themes of fear and sanity. If you’re fine with English subs, or are fluent in Japanese I highly recommend this film.

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